By AMY WENGER
THE GOSHEN NEWS
A fundraiser is taking place this Friday as the community continues its support of a young Wakarusa Elementary student battling leukemia.
Six-year-old Simon Blanchard is a kindergarten student in Jan Snider’s class at Wakarusa Elementary. When his teachers and classmates learned of Simon’s diagnosis of ALL, or acute lymphoblastic leukemia, during the Thanksgiving 2012 holiday, an outpouring of prayers, financial assistance and gestures of goodwill have since been showered upon his family, which includes Simon’s parents Bryon and Tonya Blanchard and his younger sister, Rowan.
Simon is currently receiving treatment through Riley Children’s Hospital and South Bend Memorial Hospital.
On Friday, “Team Simon” Nelson’s BBQ chicken and “pitatoes” will be sold from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Ind. 19 and C.R. 40, directly across the street from the McDonald’s/BP plaza.
Each chicken half sells for $6, while an order of “pitatoes” will be $4. Those who have purchased advanced sale tickets for reservations on chicken orders must pick up their items prior to 5 p.m. on the day of the sale.
The proceeds will be given to the Simon Blanchard Benefit Fund, which has been established at Interra Credit Union. The money will be given to the family to help defray the costs incurred with Simon’s medical bills, daily living expenses, travel costs, and other needs.
Any checks written for the purchase of tickets, or to simply donate to the cause, should be made out to the “Simon Blanchard Benefit Fund.” For additional information, or to inquire about ways to volunteer, contact Amanda Evers at firstname.lastname@example.org.